Martinů Quartet conquer a spellbound audience

SPLENDID PERFORMANCE BY THE MARTINŮ QUARTET

by Albert George Storace

They bear the name of a very well-known Czech composer and performed music by two of the three great pillars of Czech music: Dvořák and Janaček. The Martinů Quartet returned to the VIAF, a most welcome event to which many looked forward to with great anticipation. They did not fail to impress thanks to the very exciting performance they gave.

VIAF 2019 Martinu Quartet 1

There seems to be a highly consistent level of achievement and quality with every edition of the VIAF. This year’s is no exception and continues in a well-established tradition.
The Martinů String Quartet consists of Lubomir Hávlak and Libor Kanka (violins), Zbynek Padourek (viola)and Jitka Vlašánková. They performed one of Janaček’s best-known VIAF 2019 Martinu Quartetchamber works: the String Quartet n.1,”Kreutzer Sonata”. At many points the vigorous, highly assertive playing reflected the work’s programme and the many moods and emotions within it. The recurring tempo indications marked con moto was a unifying thread and acerbic dissonance here and there continued projecting sensations of despair and tragedy. A great if not happy work.

VIAF 2019 Martinu 2

For Dvořák’s very mature String Quintet in E flat Major Op. 97, the Quartet were joined by Pierre Henri Xuereb as guest viola. No newcomer to the VIAF, he joined in to form the classic string quintet formation. He threw himself with zest. and energy matching that of VIAF 2019 Martinu 3his Czech colleagues. The mood in this quintet is generally bright and sunny, replete with rhythms and colour firmly rooted in Czech folk music and not without a touch of nostalgia in the larghetto. The quintet played with great heart to and for the audience and many a time when a warm passage for one viola came along Zbynek Padourek played more than half-facing the audience, sealing an already extant rapport. The quintet was to conclude in a glorious feast of infectiously colourful energetic movement .

VIAF 2019 Martinu 4

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22ND VIAFESTIVAL: SPLENDID PERFORMANCE BY THE MARTINŮ QUARTET.

They bear the name of a very well-known Czech composer and performed music by two of the three great pillars of Czech music: Dvořák and Janaček. The Martinů Quartet returned to the VIAF, a most welcome event to which many looked forward to with great anticipation. They did not fail to impress thanks to the very exciting performance they gave.
There seems to be a highly consistent level of achievement and quality 

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Virtuoso playing by ANASTASIYA PETRYSHAK who will give a masterclass and a recital in Gozo as part of the 2nd edition of MUSIC+

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Thank you Albert George Storace. It was lovely seeing you there and we equally enjoyed the concert :-)

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Albert George Storace is with Fiorella Camilleri and 48 others.

A VERY talented young flautist.

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